The Alpine Tales
by Paul Willis

The Alpine Tales is a collected series of four eco-fantasy novels set in a mythic version of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest.  Beginning with the original tale, No Clock in the Forest, the quartet has been called “Narnia comes to the American wilderness.”  Certainly, C. S. Lewis was an inspiration, but so was Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Lewis Carroll, and John Muir—not to mention the author’s own experience as a mountain guide and as a political advocate of wilderness preservation.  Like Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift, The Alpine Tales has satisfied both young adult readers for the story and adult readers for the significance.  As Muir once asked, “Who wouldn’t be a mountaineer?”